|View from the ward|
|Since I had so much to do...didn't waste any nutella.|
Its so frustrating because I hate sitting around! So the whole thing just seems tedious and annoying. I question why anyone willingly dedicates so much time and effort into this job when all you hear from most colleges is that if they could do it over....they wouldn't. How encouraging. Why sign up for a life of night shifts, on calls, weekend work, high stress level and 6 years of basic education before entering years on end of further training where you are used like an animal? You can't tell me its because of the money. There are easier, funner and quicker ways to make the same amount of money in this world. So in the core, it must be a love for the field. And that is the case for me. Just hard to see that sometimes with so many distraction around.
|24 hours....Ready to get you!|
This meant, I interviewed the patients primarily and did the diagnostic tests. There was even a pregnant woman with urinary problems and I had to do an ultrasound and obviously looked at the bladder so that I could also see the little foreign object sucking on its thumb! So cute! The doctor just rolled his eyes and said, "Women." I couldn't help myself.
Around midnight, we were able to go to bed. Not for long though. I was paged at 3:15AM and told a patient was coming in who thought he might have testicular torsion! I hopped out of bed and met the doctor and the patient in the out patient department. The patient's history and presentation were very classic for testicular torsion. We called the consultant to come in for the operation. I scrubbed in and assisted in alleviating the torsion on the one side. As a standard practice, the other side needs to be fixated as well. I got to do that and the consultant assisted! That meant I did the cut, the fixations and the sutures!! It was very exciting for me! Finally, hands on!
After finishing up a few things and letting the colleagues know what happened through the night, I went home around 7:30AM. I didn't sleep though, I had a meeting with my doctor thesis professor, had to take care of paperwork and had a meeting with the pediatric surgeons. Hopefully I'll be able to share some information from this meeting with you soon.
That on-call was what I needed to fall a bit in love with medicine again.
I know that once these exams are done and I can use the little free time I do have for other things, I will be more enthusiastic. Residency will be no walk in the park either but at least I'll be working.
I also participated in a pretty fun thing this past week. A guy I went to High School with, Zac Ziebarth, started an organization called SmartRoots Global. Their mission:
To create a generation of innovative problems and critical thinkers who are equipped to solve the biggest challenges in their community and world
And as a last note, another yummy shake recipe:
-2 fresh squeezed oranges
-1 cup coconut milk
-half a squeezed lemon or lime
-pinch of salt
Mix it up and enjoy the tropical breakfast smoothie!
|Screen grab from the interview, click the link below to see the whole thing!|
P.S. Found this (German) interview from the Urology Congress I went to in Heidelberg :)